Carson Daly Opens Up About His Anxiety Disorder: ‘I Know I’m Going To Be OK’ | TODAY

Carson Daly Opens Up About His Anxiety Disorder: ‘I Know I’m Going To Be OK’ | TODAY


>>>WELCOME BACK.>>>WELCOME BACK. WELL, EARLIER THIS WEEK, NBA WELL, EARLIER THIS WEEK, NBA STAR KEVIN LOVE REVEALED HIS STAR KEVIN LOVE REVEALED HIS STRUGGLE WITH PANIC ATTACKS. STRUGGLE WITH PANIC ATTACKS. AS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT AS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT AROUND THE TABLE, CARSON, YOU
SHARED YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE WITH SHARED YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE WITH
ANXIETY. ANXIETY.>>UNEXPECTEDLY, TOO.>>UNEXPECTEDLY, TOO. INSPIRED BY THE KEVIN LOVE INSPIRED BY THE KEVIN LOVE STORY. STORY. SOMETHING I CANT CHANGE ABOUT SOMETHING I CANT CHANGE ABOUT MYSELF. MYSELF. I LEARNED TO EMBRACE IT. I LEARNED TO EMBRACE IT. HOPEFULLY BY JUST BEING HONEST
AND MAYBE OPENING UP, IT WILLT AND MAYBE OPENING UP, IT WILL
INSPIRE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. INSPIRE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.
LOOKING BACK ON MY LIFE, I WAS A LOOKING BACK ON MY LIFE, I WAS A
WORRYWART KID. WORRYWART KID.
MY FATHER DIED WHEN I WAS 5. MY FATHER DIED WHEN I WAS 5.
IVE BEEN NERVOUS MY WHOLE LIFE. IVE BEEN NERVOUS MY WHOLE LIFE.
MY FIRST PANIC ATTACK HAPPENED, MY FIRST PANIC ATTACK HAPPENED, AND IT HAPPENED WHEN I WAS A AND IT HAPPENED WHEN I WAS A HOST AT MTV. HOST AT MTV. WELCOME TO THE SHOW. WELCOME TO THE SHOW. “TOTAL REQUEST LIVE.” “TOTAL REQUEST LIVE.” THE SUCCESS OF MY CAREER, I THE SUCCESS OF MY CAREER, I MOVED TO NEW YORK AND MY LIFE MOVED TO NEW YORK AND MY LIFE CHANGED OVERNIGHT. CHANGED OVERNIGHT. I HAD A HARD TIME BREATHING. I HAD A HARD TIME BREATHING. I WAS TERRIFIED FOR NO APPARENT I WAS TERRIFIED FOR NO APPARENT REASON. REASON. AT TIMES, I FEEL LIKE THERES A
SABER TOOTH TIGER RIGHT HERE.A SABER TOOTH TIGER RIGHT HERE.
AND IT IS GOING TO KILL ME, AND IT IS GOING TO KILL ME,
ATTACK ME AND BITE MY HEAD OFF. ATTACK ME AND BITE MY HEAD OFF.
IM SCARED AS IF THATS REALLY IM SCARED AS IF THATS REALLY
HAPPENING. HAPPENING. YOUDYING.
I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL.
I HAVE LEADS ON MY CHEST. I HAVE LEADS ON MY CHEST.
IM LIKE, MY HEART IS GOING TO IM LIKE, MY HEART IS GOING TO
STOP. STOP. YOURE PERFECTLY FINE.
TO THIS DAY, WHEN IM ON TO THIS DAY, WHEN IM ON
TELEVISION, IF YOU WATCH “THE TELEVISION, IF YOU WATCH “THE
VOICE” LIVE ON NBC. VOICE” LIVE ON NBC.
WATCH ON A MONDAY OR TUESDAY WATCH ON A MONDAY OR TUESDAY
NIGHT, IM NEVER STILL. NIGHT, IM NEVER STILL. SAME THING ON “TODAY” SHOW, IN
THE MORNING, SOMEDAYS IMOW, IN THE MORNING, SOMEDAYS IM
ANXIOUS. ANXIOUS. YOU SEE ME.
IM FIDGETING. IM FIDGETING.
HIGH-PRESSURE LIFE. HIGH-PRESSURE LIFE.
YOU KNOW, ON TELEVISION. YOU KNOW, ON TELEVISION.
IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT.
I HAD HEIGHTENED ANXIETY AND I HAD HEIGHTENED ANXIETY AND
PANIC ATTACKS AT THE PLAYGROUND PANIC ATTACKS AT THE PLAYGROUND
WITH MY CHILDREN AND WIFE THERE. WITH MY CHILDREN AND WIFE THERE.
AND THE FEELING WAS SO GRIPPING, AND THE FEELING WAS SO GRIPPING,
SO TERRIFYING, I HAD TO LEAVE SO TERRIFYING, I HAD TO LEAVE
AND EXCUSE MYSELF. AND EXCUSE MYSELF.
I DID RELAXING THINGS, LIKE RIDE I DID RELAXING THINGS, LIKE RIDE
MY MOTORCYCLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY MY MOTORCYCLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY
AND HAD PANIC-STRICKEN MOMENTS AND HAD PANIC-STRICKEN MOMENTS
IN THAT. IN THAT. THIS IS THE WAY I WAS BORN.
THIS IS THE WAY IM HARDWIRED. THIS IS THE WAY IM HARDWIRED.
THIS IS THE DOWNSIDE OF THE WAY THIS IS THE DOWNSIDE OF THE WAY
GOD MADE ME. GOD MADE ME. AND THERES A TREMENDOUS UPSIDE,
AS WELL.ES A TREMENDOUS UPSIDE, AS WELL. IM SENSITIVE.
I LOVE MUSIC AND MUSIC MOVES ME I LOVE MUSIC AND MUSIC MOVES ME
IN A VISCERAL WAY. IN A VISCERAL WAY.
I GET THE CHILLS WHEN I HEAR I GET THE CHILLS WHEN I HEAR
CERTAIN MUSIC, LIKE SOUL MUSIC. CERTAIN MUSIC, LIKE SOUL MUSIC.
WHEN IM WITH MY FAMILY AND ITS WHEN IM WITH MY FAMILY AND ITS
A EUPHORIC MOMENT, THEY A EUPHORIC MOMENT, THEY
RESONATES DEEPLY WITH ME. RESONATES DEEPLY WITH ME.
THATS A FLIPSIDE TO A LOT OF THATS A FLIPSIDE TO A LOT OF
THE ANXIETY. THE ANXIETY. I DONT WALK AROUND A NERVOUS
WRECK. WALK AROUND A NERVOUS WRECK. I DONT WANT PEOPLE TO WATCH
THIS AND THINK, ARE YOU OKAY? THIS AND THINK, ARE YOU OKAY?
ARE YOU FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW? ARE YOU FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW?
NO. NO. IM GOOD. IM GOOD. PEOPLE WILL WATCH THIS AND SAY,
HOW DID HE FIX HIMSELF?AND SAY, HOW DID HE FIX HIMSELF?
WHAT DID HE TAKE? WHAT DID HE TAKE?
ITS NOT THAT SIMPLE. ITS NOT THAT SIMPLE.
WHAT HELPED ME WAS TALKING TO A WHAT HELPED ME WAS TALKING TO A
FRIEND ONCE, WHO SAID, FRIEND ONCE, WHO SAID,
EVERYTHING YOURE EXPERIENCEING, EVERYTHING YOURE EXPERIENCEING,
I HAVE, TOO. I HAVE, TOO.
YOU HAVE ANXIETY. YOU HAVE ANXIETY.
YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEBODY YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEBODY
ABOUT IT. ABOUT IT.
ANXIETY IS A THING? ANXIETY IS A THING?
I THOUGHT IT WAS LIKE STRESS. I THOUGHT IT WAS LIKE STRESS.
I OPTED FOR A COGNITIVE I OPTED FOR A COGNITIVE
THERAPIST, SOMEONE WHO TEACHES THERAPIST, SOMEONE WHO TEACHES
YOU ABOUT ANXIETY, THE MODEL OF YOU ABOUT ANXIETY, THE MODEL OF
IT, AND OFFERS YOU TOOLS ON HOW IT, AND OFFERS YOU TOOLS ON HOW
TO WORK THROUGH IT. TO WORK THROUGH IT. THE MUSCLE RETENTION, RELAXATION THE MUSCLE RETENTION, RELAXATION REALLY HELPS ME. REALLY HELPS ME. ILL DO ONE NOW. ILL DO ONE NOW. THIS WILL HELP ME. THIS WILL HELP ME. IM NERVOUS DOING THIS IM NERVOUS DOING THIS INTERVIEW. INTERVIEW. IM GOING TO CLENCH MY FISTS AND IM GOING TO CLENCH MY FISTS AND MY ARM ANSWER MY BICEPS AS HARD
AS I CAN, LIKE IM LIFTING AHARD AS I CAN, LIKE IM LIFTING A
WEIGHT. WEIGHT. WOW. WOW. THAT FELT GREAT.
LIKE AN OCEAN OF RELAXATION. LIKE AN OCEAN OF RELAXATION.
I REALLY WEAR THE WAY I AM, LIKE I REALLY WEAR THE WAY I AM, LIKE
A BADGE OF HONOR. A BADGE OF HONOR.
THIS IS WHO I AM. THIS IS WHO I AM.
AND IM PROUD OF IT. AND IM PROUD OF IT.
I MAY BE A LITTLE ANXIOUS. I MAY BE A LITTLE ANXIOUS.
BUT I KNOW IM GOING TO BE OKAY. BUT I KNOW IM GOING TO BE OKAY.
>>WERE SO PROUD OF YOU.>>WERE SO PROUD OF YOU.
>>YOU CAN HEAR MY FATHER>>YOU CAN HEAR MY FATHER
TALKING IN THAT. TALKING IN THAT.
AS IT PERTAINS TO MENS HEALTH AS IT PERTAINS TO MENS HEALTH
AND ANXIETY, THAT WAS MY DAD AND ANXIETY, THAT WAS MY DAD
GROWING UP. GROWING UP. THERES THAT NO SUCH THING AS THERES THAT NO SUCH THING AS STRESS OR ANXIETY. STRESS OR ANXIETY. AS BOYS, WE GROW UP LIKE THAT.
AND ANXIETY AND THE DOCTOR CAN AND ANXIETY AND THE DOCTOR CAN
TALK ABOUT IT, YOU FEEL LIKE A TALK ABOUT IT, YOU FEEL LIKE A
LITTLE BOY WHEN YOURE LITTLE BOY WHEN YOURE
UNCOMFORTABLE HAVING ANXIETY AND UNCOMFORTABLE HAVING ANXIETY AND
YOU WANT YOUR MOMMY, WHICH IS YOU WANT YOUR MOMMY, WHICH IS
THE AN THITTITHESIS HOW YOU GREW THE AN THITTITHESIS HOW YOU GREW
>>THIS IS TOM.>>THIS IS TOM.
HES A LICENSED PSYCHOTHERAPIST. HES A LICENSED PSYCHOTHERAPIST.
I THINK CARSON HAS DONE A BRAVE I THINK CARSON HAS DONE A BRAVE
THING. THING. HE COMES ON AND DOING THIS JOB
SO WELL. ON AND DOING THIS JOB SO WELL.
ITS ALSO IMPORTANT BECAUSE I ITS ALSO IMPORTANT BECAUSE I
THINK A LOT OF MEN DO HAVE THAT THINK A LOT OF MEN DO HAVE THAT
STIGMA. STIGMA.>>IT REALLY IS.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE STATISTICS, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE STATISTICS,
LIKE MORE WOMEN SEEK TREATMENT LIKE MORE WOMEN SEEK TREATMENT
THAN MEN. THAN MEN.
OKAY. OKAY. THIS IS WHY YOU SEE A STATISTIC
WHEN YOU HEAR WOMEN HAVE MOREIC WHEN YOU HEAR WOMEN HAVE MORE
ANXIETY THAN MEN. ANXIETY THAN MEN.
THATS NOT TRUE. THATS NOT TRUE.
MORE WOMEN GO AND SEEK THE MORE WOMEN GO AND SEEK THE
TREATMENT. TREATMENT. THE GUY THING, AS WELL. THE GUY THING, AS WELL. WE HAVE TO PUSH THINGS UNDER A WE HAVE TO PUSH THINGS UNDER A RUG, IM A MAN. RUG, IM A MAN. IM HAVING ANXIETY AS WERE
TALKING.G ANXIETY AS WERE TALKING.
LITERALLY, MY HEART RATE IS UP. LITERALLY, MY HEART RATE IS UP.
THIS IS IMPORTANT. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
ITS SOMETHING THAT WAS GREAT ITS SOMETHING THAT WAS GREAT
THAT YOU AND PEOPLE LIKE KEVIN THAT YOU AND PEOPLE LIKE KEVIN
LOVE CAN COME OUT AND SAY, THIS LOVE CAN COME OUT AND SAY, THIS
IS RELATIVELY NORMAL TO SOME IS RELATIVELY NORMAL TO SOME
EXTENT. EXTENT.>>HOW DO YOU KNOW IF ITS>>HOW DO YOU KNOW IF ITS STRESS OR IF ITS SOMETHING STRESS OR IF ITS SOMETHING MORE? MORE? IF ITS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD IF ITS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT. SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT.>>IF ITS REALLY DEBILITATING,>>IF ITS REALLY DEBILITATING, AND YOU CANT SLEEP AT NIGHT, AND YOU CANT SLEEP AT NIGHT, YOU HAVE A HART TIME FUNCTIONING YOU HAVE A HART TIME FUNCTIONING AT WORK, AND ITS CRIPPLING YOU,
THATS THE TIME TO SEEK SOMEYOU, THATS THE TIME TO SEEK SOME
HELP AND HAVE SOMEBODY TO TALK HELP AND HAVE SOMEBODY TO TALK
TO. TO. YOU GET MORE WOMEN THAT COME TO
MY OFFICE.RE WOMEN THAT COME TO MY OFFICE.
THE MEN, ITS A WIFE KICKING THE MEN, ITS A WIFE KICKING
THEM IN. THEM IN. WHEN THEY DO, THAT BECOMES THE WHEN THEY DO, THAT BECOMES THE HIGHLIGHT OF THEIR WEEK. HIGHLIGHT OF THEIR WEEK. ITS AN OUTLET FOR THEM TO ITS AN OUTLET FOR THEM TO UNWIND, TO REFRAME THEIR UNWIND, TO REFRAME THEIR THINKING, TO UNDERSTAND THEIR
INTERBEING.O UNDERSTAND THEIR INTERBEING.>>I THINK ITS INTERESTING WHAT>>I THINK ITS INTERESTING WHAT YOU SAID. YOU SAID. DOES THAT MEAN IM SUPPOSED TO DOES THAT MEAN IM SUPPOSED TO BE ON A DRUG?
I DONT WANT TO BE ON DRUGS FOR I DONT WANT TO BE ON DRUGS FOR
THE REST OF MY LIFE. THE REST OF MY LIFE.
YOU SAID THE THERAPY MAKES A YOU SAID THE THERAPY MAKES A
DIFFERENCE. DIFFERENCE.>>I WANTED TO UNCTION.>>I WANTED TO UNCTION. IT IT UNDERSTAND. UNDERSTAND. IF YOU WANT TO FLY AND YOURE IF YOU WANT TO FLY AND YOURE WORRIED ABOUT IT, LEARN ABOUT WORRIED ABOUT IT, LEARN ABOUT IT. IT. YOURE GOING TO BE NERVOUS IN YOURE GOING TO BE NERVOUS IN THE AIR.
BUT YOULL HAVE A CLEAR UNCTION BUT YOULL HAVE A CLEAR UNCTION
UNDERSTANDING HOW IT WORKS. UNDERSTANDING HOW IT WORKS.
FRAMEWORK IS EVERYTHING, NO FRAMEWORK IS EVERYTHING, NO
MATTER — PEOPLE ARE SO AFRAID MATTER — PEOPLE ARE SO AFRAID
ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK OF
YOU. YOU.>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>I WISH PEOPLE COULD BREAK
DOWN THAT WALL, TOO.LD BREAK DOWN THAT WALL, TOO.
I GUARANTEE YOU, EVERYBODY HAS I GUARANTEE YOU, EVERYBODY HAS
SOMETHING. SOMETHING.>>EVERYBODY.>>EVERYBODY.>>EVERYBODY HAS SOMETHING.
ITS HOW YOU DEAL WITH IT.G. ITS HOW YOU DEAL WITH IT.
>>INTERESTING WERE TALKING>>INTERESTING WERE TALKING
ABOUT THIS. ABOUT THIS. I GIVE A LOT OF LECTURES. I GIVE A LOT OF LECTURES. I TALK ABOUT SELF-ESTEEM.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANT WORD? WHAT IS THE IMPORTANT WORD?
SELF. SELF. PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO EXTRACT
ATTENTION FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD ATTENTION FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD
TO FILL THEMSELVES UP. TO FILL THEMSELVES UP.
IT DOESNT WORK THAT WAY. IT DOESNT WORK THAT WAY.
WE HAVE TO GO WITHIN OURSELVES WE HAVE TO GO WITHIN OURSELVES
AND UNFOLD WHAT LIES DEEP. AND UNFOLD WHAT LIES DEEP.
>>WISH I COULD OPEN UP A PHONE>>WISH I COULD OPEN UP A PHONE
LINE AND I COULD TAKE ALL OF THE LINE AND I COULD TAKE ALL OF THE
CALLS. CALLS.>>THATS WHAT THE ORANGE ROOM
IS FOR.S WHAT THE ORANGE ROOM IS FOR. THATS WHAT PEOPLE DO, SHARE. THATS WHAT PEOPLE DO, SHARE. A LOT OF PEOPLE SHARED WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE SHARED WITH CARSON, IT MAKES A BIG CARSON, IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. DIFFERENCE. WE WANT TO PUT INFORMATION ON WE WANT TO PUT INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE. OUR WEBSITE. I NEVER KNEW THERE WAS A NAME

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